M. M. Frocht

Mr. Max Mark Frocht was honored for his professional accomplishments by the 1967 initiation of the M.M. Frocht Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics,” and is presented annually.

Dr. Frocht’s work on photoelasticity research on stress concentration factors and 3-D techniques and his two-volume treatise on photoelasticity is considered a classic and has been translated into Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. Its publication was credited with revitalizing interest in photoelasticity.

Dr. Frocht was a student of Steven Timoshenko and many of his own students have made important contributions to the field of experimental mechanics. He presented papers and lectures on photoelasticity and experimental stress analysis in all parts of the world.

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2022 Recipient

Picture of Wei-Chung Wang

In recognition of outstanding achievements as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics.

Wei-Chung Wang
Professor Wei-Chung Wang received his Ph. D. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University in 1985. He is now a professor in the Department of Power Mechanical Engineering of the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, Republic of China. Professor Wang is the fellow and the former President of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). His recent research interests include experimental mechanics, fracture mechanics, thermal stresses, precision optical measurement and nondestructive testing. Professor Wang has been an active participant and session/symposium organizer of various international conferences on experimental mechanics. Professor Wang is the recipient of the Pericles Theocaris Award, EURASEM in 2016. He is also the recipient of the Zandman Award and Tatnall Award of SEM in 2015. Professor Wang has successfully supervised more than 100 graduate students. They are now serving in universities as professors, in research institutes as research fellows, in companies as senior managers and engineers.

 
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the M.M. Frocht Award in the past.
 
2021 - Michael Mello 2020 - Junlan Wang 2019 - Martin W. Trethewey
2018 - Ghatu Subhash 2017 - Alberto Carpinteri 2016 - Lawrence N. Virgin
2015 - John Lambros 2014 - William L. Fourney 2013 - Wendy C. Crone
2012 - Sia Nemat-Nasser 2011 - Nancy Sottos 2010 - Eann A. Patterson
2009 - Fu-Pen Chiang 2008 - Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz 2007 - Michael A. Sutton
2006 - Isaac M. Daniel 2005 - David L. Brown 2004 - Albert Cardon
2003 - Ares Rosakis 2002 - David J. Ewins 2001 - Arun Shukla
2000 - Gary .L. Cloud 1999 - Peter K. Stein 1998 - Loren W. Zachary
1997 - Joseph Der Hovanesian 1996 - William N. Sharpe Jr. 1995 - Albert S. Kobayashi
1994 - Robert J. Sanford 1993 - Clyde E. Work 1992 - Ian M. Allison
1991 - James F. Doyle 1990 - John B. Ligon 1989 - Thomas W. Corby, Jr
1988 - Daniel Post 1987 - Robert E. Rowlands 1986 - W.F. Swinson
1985 - Kenneth G. McConnell 1984 - Christian P. Burger 1983 - C.W. Smith
1982 - T. Kunio 1981 - V.J. Parks 1980 - Cesar A. Sciammarella
1979 - Emmett E. Day 1978 - J.T. Pindera 1977 - William F. Riley
1976 - James W. Dally 1975 - D.K. Wright 1974 - R.D. Mindlin
1973 - Peter K. Stein 1972 - E.O. Stitz 1971 - Daniel C. Drucker
1970 - William M. Murray 1969 - Charles E. Taylor 1968 - Max M. Frocht